Minimum GPA: 3.30

Terms and Dates:

  • Spring 2024
    January 8, 2024 to May 31, 2024
  • Fall 2024
    September 1, 2024 to December 13, 2024


Emily Dougherty

Cornell Affiliations:

Global Learning

Off-campus partner:

King's College London (KCL)


This program has an early application deadline. Admission capacity is limited.

The external King's application opens on Feb 1 and closes on Feb 15 so early Cornell applications are highly encouraged.

Opportunity Description

King's College London (KCL) is one of the UK's most historic and prestigious universities. With a forward thinking vision and state-of-the-art facilities, King's is renowned for excellence in both its innovative teaching and pioneering research. Based in the heart of central London, and spread across five London campuses, King's is one of the largest multi-faculty institutions in the UK.

What is unique about this program?

Students participating in this program at King's College London enroll in the "Health and Society" course, which is composed of coursework and clinical observation, and three other undergraduate modules at KCL of your choosing.  

Health and Society is a course for current undergraduate students considering a career in medicine or the allied health professions. The course is designed to offer undergraduate students a taste of the theory and practice of medicine through weekly lecture/seminars and clinical shadowing opportunities in various primary (family practice) and secondary care (hospital) settings.  The course has three specific aims, namely for students to develop greater awareness of:

  • The patient experience
  • The healthcare practitioner as scientist, scholar, practitioner, and professional
  • Healthcare systems 

Admission to the Health and Society module is highly competitive, as there are only 16 spots available each semester for study abroad students from around the world. King's looks for applicants who have an extremely strong background in biology and chemistry.

King's College London - Health & Society Program is a Cornell Global Hub partner university. Global Hubs are Cornell's collaborative centers of engagement around the world. Hubs will give students exciting opportunities for semester-long and short-term study abroad, field experience, participation in faculty-led research, curricular pathways through majors, internships, and more.

What is unique about London?

Situated in the heart of global London, partaking in a course at King's you will become part of a vibrant and intellectually stimulating community - with all of London's opportunities on your doorstep. You will be inspired by researchers, discoverers, and inventors who are pushing the boundaries of knowledge and will mingle with delegates from across the world.

How do I get more information about King's College London?

Academic Calendar

  • Fall semester: mid-September - mid-December
  • Spring semester: early January - late-May

For specific dates, refer to the King's College London Academic Calendar

Things to Consider Before Applying

  • Review the information on the Education Abroad Office’s Get Started page for important considerations on academics and finances, and a guide to the next steps.
  • Connect with a potential reference as the external application requires an academic reference.
  • Still, have questions?  Visit the Get Advice page and learn how to connect with Education Abroad Advisors.
  • Want to keep up to date with Cornellians Abroad? Follow Education Abroad on social media, @cornelliansabroad

How do I apply?

Applying to study abroad is a two-step process. You may complete both steps simultaneously, but the Cornell approval process must be complete before your program advisor in the Office of Global Learning can submit any approval or nomination to the program.

  1. For Cornell Approval, click on the "Apply" button on this webpage. Applications are approved by the Office of Global Learning on a rolling basis until the application deadline listed on this page.
  2. For Program Admission, complete an external application directly on the program’s webpage, using the link in the “Snapshot” section. 
    • The external application requires an academic reference that must come from a faculty or graduate assistant. Applicants will input the reference's contact information in their external application and the reference will automatically be sent a prompt.
    • It is recommended that applicants complete KCL's external application well in advance of KCL's advertised deadline. This is because admission is rolling and the program can fill up.